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want to talk to you about right in the middle of the crisis, governor romney and you are talking about this again tonight, talked about the weakness, talked about apology from the obama administration. was that really appropriate, right in the middle of the crisis? >> on that same day, the obama administration had the exact same position. let's recall that they disavowed their own statement that they put up earlier in the day in cairo. we had the same position. it's never too early to speak out for our values. we should have spoken out right away when the green revolution was up and starting when the mullahs in iran were attacking their people. we should not have called bashar assad a reformer when he was turning his russian-provided guns on his own people. we should always stand up for peace, for democracy, for individual rights. and we should not be imposing these devastating defense cuts because what that does, when we equivocate on our values, when we show -- >> am i going to get anything to say here? >> it projects weakness, when we look weak, our adversaries are able to attack us
. >> let's talk about that approach and get to the bottom of this disagreement. governor romney says he will not increase the deficit with his tax cut, will not increase taxes on the middle class, so is he saying that if he cannot come up with enough loopholes and deductions, closing the deductions to pay for the tax cuts, which amount to about $5 trillion he will scale them back? >> what he has said, george, he is going to cut tax rates across the board by 20% and offset those cuts with eliminating deductions and loopholes for the upper income families. >> but there aren't enough deductions to pay for that. >> for the middle class families. you can pay for it. there are six studies that say you can do that. you can broaden the base and lower the rates. that would foster economic growth, and we've done that in the past. there's one study that says that you can -- that uses the word assume or assumption 68 times by liberal think tank and that's what gibbs and others point to. >> if it does turn out that the deductions do not make up for the cost of the tax cuts, does governor romney say
. they are temporarily off the campaign trail. >> emily, talking about those debates, mitt romney's comment about big bird last week is getting more play. tell us what's developing with that. >> reporter: usually we talk about politics making for strange bed fellows. this case you have to factor in big bird's nest. big bird is the leading character in the now hob attack ad. >> big, yellow, a menace to our economy. mitt romney knows it's not wall street you have to worry b it's sesame street. >> the sarcasm. it spots big bird with the likes of bernie madoff. romney said he would cut the federal subsidy to pbs to reduce the deafcy. romney said this had shows misplaced presidential priorities. >> these are tough times with real serious issues, so you have to scratch your head when the president spent the last week talking about big bird. we need a president talking about saving jobs and saving our future. >> reporter: sesame street said they are a nonprofit, not political organization. they don't endorse any candidates. they have called upon the obama campaign to pull this ad. >> wow. who knew big bird
a romney rally. and singer will.i.am warming up an ohio crowd tonight with a familiar theme song. ♪ can you tell me how to get how to get to "sesame street." >> and the president talking elmo on the stump. >> governor romney plans to let wall street run wild but he'll bring the hammer down on "sesame street." >> reporter: the president here in ohio tonight, the same time as mitt romney underscoring just how crucial this battleground will be. no republicans won the white house without, diane, as we all know without ohio, diane, without you too and we learned that governor romney will be spending four days of this week alone right here in ohio, where i'll be spending some time the next couple of days. >> you have a lot of noise behind you, thank, you david, from ohio on the campaign trail and david and the rest of the abc news political team will join george stephanopoulos and me when the vice presidential contenders face off "one on one, the candidates debate" moderated by our own award-winning martha raddatz and that's thursday night 9:00 p.m. eastern, 6:00 central. >>> and now we have some
's go to george and our special guest, ann romney, to talk about "dancing with the stars." >> neither one of us ever thought we would be doing this together. >> quite amazing. >> it is "dancing with the stars" time, now. last night, the dreaded double-elimination. two champion couples sent home. >> the couple with the lowest overall total of judges scores and viewer votes and leaving the competition right now is -- our season two champion, drew and anna. another former champion falls. helio and chelsie. >> drew lachey, and anna trebunskaya, along with helio castroneves and chelsie hightower. this is like a finals. all of you are champions. someone has to go home. sorry it's so early. >> yeah. >> it's one of those things that you knew you were getting into when you signed on to the show. there's a lot of champions. a lot of runnerups. someone has to go home every week. i wish it wasn't us. but that's the way it works out. you know, we'll move on. life goes on. >> drew? >> drew, ann romney has a question for you. >> i have a question for you. how did you like your scoring on the cha-cha
chose to attack. >> my friend says that 30% of the american people are takers. romney points out 47% of the people won't take responsibility. he's talking about my mother and father. talking about the places i grew up, my neighbors. he's talking about, he's talking about the people that built this country. all they're looking for is an even shot. >> president obama, he had his chance. he made his choices. this is not what a real recovery looks like. you deserve better. mitt romney and i want to earn your support. we're offering real reforms for a real recovery for every american. >> at least it was a lot better watch than the romney/obama. meanwhile hashtag mularkey is trending nationwide. and martha raddatz has received 80,000 twitter mentions, some saying martha for vice president. >>> next, our political insiders are going to tell us who made the grade tonight. [ feedback ] attention, well, everyone. you can now try snapshot from progressive free for 30 days. just plug this into your car, and your good driving can save you up to 30%. you could even try it without switching your i
in the campaign. >> i've been in business for 25 years. i have no idea what you're talking about. >> reporter: last week mitt romney dominated in his first debate against president obama. in an exclusive interview with abc news' diane sawyer, the president admitted he had a bad night. >> your supporters have been saying, this wasn't a bad night. you didn't show up. >> as i said, there's no doubt that i can make a better case, which is why i'm so looking forward to tuesday. >> is it possible you handed him the election that night? >> no. >> reporter: but polls among likely voters show romney did get a boost after the debate. and he's taking advantage of it. >> we can't afford another series of budget deficits of roughly $1 trillion a year. recognize, this is not just bad for the economy. it's bad for jobs. >> reporter: brandi hitt, abc news, danville, kentucky. >>> abc news is proud to play a special role in tonight's debate. abc's chief foreign affairs correspondent, martha raddatz, will serve as moderator. she checked out the stage in danville yesterday. we wish her good luck. >>> the main e
think mitt romney is the kind of guy that slams the door behind himself? >> i don't talk about other candidates. i don't talk about other people. all i can talk about is my husband and the values that he brings. >> one senses this harvard educated attorney has trained herself to side step conflict. observe when we asked her about the tape from a private fund raiser where mitt romney said 47% of americans believe they are victims. what do you think we learned about mr. romney in those tapes? >> you know, again, i do not even begin to, you know, get into that kind of back and forth. i do know that barack has made, i think some very eloquent statements about those remarks that i completely agree with. i don't think that i have got any more to add than what he said. >> what is clear to me. >> she learned to measure her word carefully. in february of 2008, she was roundly criticized for comments she made during this speech in wisconsin. >> for the first time in my adult lifetime i'm really proud of my country. >> her remarks ignited a firestorm. >> i am proud of my country. i don't know a
presidential nominee mitt romney will be on the show during the 8:00 hour. abc says it's in talks with first lady michelle obama for a similar guest appearance on the show before next month's election. >>> and you are spending more to dress up your kids for halloween. but it turns out that you are splurging a lot on your pets, too. americans will spend 370 million dollars this year on pet costumes. that's according to a survey conducted by the national retail federation. pumpkins will be the most popular pet costumes and devils will be the second most popular they will put the pooch. >>> beer drinkers of america you can celebrate this morning out of 150 countries, it turns out that it takes us the least amount of time to earn money for beer. five minutes that's how much time we need to spend on the job to earn a beer. that equals about 96 beers over an 8-hour workday. now the analysis that looked at the median hourly wages and average beer price at stores not prices at bars worldwide it takes a typicaworker an average of 20 minutes to earn just one beer. >>> this is the video that coca cola
. the president and romney will meet again on tuesday. this time they will talk about foreign policy. >>> when you shop for pet food you see all sorts of eye catching claim that make you want to pick one product or another. what do terms like all natural or premium mean and how do you know what's really best for your best friend? brian brings you the scoop to make sure you get what you paid for. >> reporter: elana tried ten different dog foods for her dog happy. she researched ingredients to find weekend that didn't upset him. >> it was very frustrating. >> reporter: when it comes to pet food the fda and u.s.d.a. regulate certain terms but not all are regulated or even clearly defined. >> a lot of buzz words out there right now that pet food companies putting on the labels because it's what is hot in the market. >> reporter: organic is one of those buzz words. the fda said there are no official rules about the labeling of organic foods for pets. what about premeditate and ultra premium? these foods are not required to contain any different or higher quality ingredients. >> those are defined rea
, who spoke before romney, saw that charge coming. >> today's news, certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy, to score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: but there was more. when the former ceo of general electric took to twitter and the air waves, suggesting the obama campaign cooked the numbers. >> i don't know what the right number is. but i'll tell you, these numbers don't smell right when you think about where the economy is right now. >> reporter: many experts laughed off the charge. but the labor secretary, whose department compiles the monthly report, was not laughing. >> i'm insulted when i hear that. it's really ludicrous to hear that kind of statement. >> reporter: now, we know that here in florida, along with mitt romney, is rob portman, who plays president obama in debate preparation. they'll be doing a bit of that today before an ent tonight. the president has nothing on his schedule. we don't know what he's doing. no guidance on whether he's preparing for the next debate. as for the
before the debate. romney gets support from men and obama from women. but the polls shows older voters independent and suburban voters are equally divided. that's a close race having candidates talking ticktock. >> i have been watching the president obama's rallies and they chant four more years four more years i
. >> reporter: ryan tweeted this shot of him and his 7-year-old son sam, writing "great pep talk from one of my most trusted advisors." ryan's challenge? to be seen as credible and keep romney's momentum going. in most battleground states, the race is essentially tied, and obama's lead in ohio appears to be narrowing. ryan has only previously participated in around eight debates for his congressional seat. the vice president has run for president twice, debating 16 times, plus squaring off against sarah palin for the gig he has now. >> can i call you joe? >> reporter: biden has been cramming, studying ryan's positions and the book, "young guns," the book that the congressman co-wrote, looking for fodder. >> i just want to make sure when i say these things that i don't have the congressman saying, "no, no, no, i don't have that position." >> reporter: though he is known for gaffes and verbosity, the structure of the debates seems to help him, forcing him to be concise and stick to script. >> he's fast on the cuff. he's a witty guy. he knows who he is and he's been doing this for 40 years. >> rep
these really deep pushes of cold air. but we'll talk more of that as we get to america's in just a minute. >> a lot of cold. >>> and to the white house now, 29 days to go. it's "your voice your vote" and mitt romney is ahead wh steam in the debate. abc's david muir is here with the latest. >> both campaigns eagerly awaiting polls in those crucial battleground states of who is ahead after the political whiplash. the president lifted with that unemployment rate, now below 8%. even the president overnight reviewing his own debate performance. >> reporter: 3red obama on the west coast overnight, a star-studded concert fund-raiser. the president with a not so subtle reference to his own debate performance. >> they just perform flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. >> reporter: one of six fund-raisers expected to bring in nearly $10 million with help from bill clinton and stars including katy perry who tweeted this photo of her presidential polish. it comes as we learned the president had a record haul in september, $181 million in donations. the most that an incumbent pres
's not so secret weapon crisscrossing the country over the last few weeks not to mention a slew of talk shows. >> he's funny. i'm funnier. >> reporter: and then there was her anniversary, not exactly the date of her dreams. she did get a hug. from ann romney. you know, i know that ann romney is playing for the other team. is there a certain sisterhood between women who are in this position? >> absolutely. and this is something that barack and i talk about. we have learned this over time. who ever makes this kind of sacrifice, they deserve a pat on the back, that's how this democracy works. >> reporter: outside the white house there is always lots of chatter about how much is the first lady influencing policy. how do you see your role in that regard? >> i rarely step foot in the west wing. in fact people are shocked when they see me there. >> reporter: the first lady has long said her most important role is mom in chief. and now, with a teenager. i have a 14-year-old son. he has a question. it's hard enough to be 14 if your parents aren't the president and first lady if you don't live in
the romney campaign raise money. >> i got a million tweets. >> so you are on twitter? >> no, i'm a bird. tweet something how we talk! >> reporter: what is also talking are the sales here at sullivan's toy store here in washington, d.c., they say they have sold more big bird items than they have in the past, proving how profitable one yellow bird can be. >> incredible. besides pbs being this much of the budget and they did a poll that showed 70% of the country showed opposing de funding. poor big bird in the crosshairs of the debate. but we lover him in the overnight. >> we do. what is he doing? looking over your shoulder? >> no. >> we should bring him on the show? >> everybody else has done it. >>> and a well-known daredevil. >> how he plans to survive the next three days the next three days with electricity. you are watching "world news >>> how about that david blaine. >> his current stunt ends tonight which means he will be getting zapped throughout the day. we spoke to him as he was feeling the heat. >> reporter: it's a modern day twist on the movie "frankenstein," although this jolt
morning, john, good morning, sunny. stakes are high in danville, kentucky. but we are still talking about last week's debate. the president was not really trying to defend his performance. vice president biden's goal, halt mitt romney's momentum. powell ryan he well do anything to keep it going. abc's diane sawyer sat down exclusively with president obama and she asked him, what happened at that first debate? >> well, governor romney had a good night. i had a bad night. >> how bad? >> well not the first time i have had a bad night. i think what's important that the fundamentals of what this race is about haven't changed. >> reporter: romney is on the hot seat. he told iowa's des moines register, quote, there is no legislation with regards to b s bors -- abortion that i am familiar with that would become part of my agenda. >> do i believe the supreme court should overturn roe v. wade. yes. >> before he left for kentucky. ryan was grilled by report ears but romney seeming to downplay what he would do about abortion as president. >> our position is unified, consistent and hasn't changed. >>
to scratch your head when the president spend the last week talking about saving big bird. >> election day, weeks away, getting a solid read on where the race stand is not easy. a new poll from the pew research center taken after the debate, shows romney has pulled ahead among likely voters. the president's acknowledged he wasn't on his a game at the showdown. >> after the debate, i had folks come up, don't be so polite. don't be so nice. >> reporter: but his campaign insists his performance didn't change the fundamentals of the race. >> what was being presented wasn't leadership -- that's salesmanship. >> reporter: the narrowing polls are making some democrats nervous. so the pressure is on vice president biden in his debate tomorrow night against paul ryan. republicans say paul ryan will be ready for battle. rob, sunny, back to you. >> karen, thanks a lot. tomorrow, the candidates for vice president who will meet face to face. our own martha raddatz will moderate. abc will carry it live. it all kicks off at 9:00 p.m. eastern tomorrow night. >>> the federal government is suing wells fargo
romney taking on our enemies no matter where they nest. >> these are tough times with real serious issues. you have to scratch your head when the president spend the last week talking about saving big bird. >> how did you find out your name had been mentioned in the debate? >> i got a million tweets. >> so you are on twitter? >> no, i'm a bird. tweeting is how we talk. >> okay. >> i asked for 12 agents. his response to that was -- you are asking for the sun, moon and the stars. >> they can treat me as a monster, but they can't take away my heart. in my heart, i know i did not do these alleged disgusting acts. >> it is just a tragedy compounded by the fact that we have a man who was convicted and won't come forward. >> to have a shot. six days later, you are fighting for your life. >> these individuals are no different than counterfeiters. instead of manufacturing fake rolexes, they're manufacturing fake drugs. >> an undeniable web, in doping, sophisticated doping all aimed to succeed and bring success to this team. >> what did you do last weekend? >> water skiing. >> water skiing on the w
. >> reporter: and mitt romney said he is confident ryan will have a strong performance. >> i think paul ryan will do great. thank you. >> reporter: in an exclusive interview with diane sawyer, the president talked about what he expects from joe biden. >> what's your message to joe biden about tomorrow night? >> you know, i think joe just needs to be joe. >> reporter: biden scored points in his last debate four years ago, in what turned out to be the most-watched vice presidential debate in history. >> the notion that somehow because i'm a man, i don't know what it's like to raise two kids alone. i don't know what it's like to have a child you're not sure is going to make it -- i understand. i understand. >> emotional moment four years ago, jon. the audience could top that audience tonight. and it's coming as we're getting new, solid polls from the key battleground states of virginia, florida and ohio. >> reporter: yeah. this is the key thing. we've seen a national polls, romney has gained on the president in some cases. actually moved ahead of the president. now, what we're seeing that romne
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